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In Los Angeles County, the number of children in foster care increased from 42,894 in 1986 to approximately 75,000 in 2003.

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Wisconsin CPS News Archive

Wisconsin News Coverage

by Andrew Beckett

Federal officials have approved the creation of a "medical home" program for Wisconsin, which will allow foster children to receive all aspects of their care from one central provider.

Smith says the medical home approach allows care to be tailored to the specific needs of each foster child. That mean those children will see their primary care physician through one facility, along with any mental health and additional services that may be required.

July 17, 2012

A 26-year-old Sheboygan woman was charged with child abuse Friday for allegedly clamping a hot curling iron onto her 5-year-old daughter?s arm to teach her to not play with the device.

Paoye Yang, 3715 Deer Valley Drive, at first denied that she caused the burn marks on her daughter's upper left arm, but eventually confessed that she did clamp the curling iron onto the girl's arm but that she did not think it would cause as severe a burn as it did.

May 31, 2012

MADISON -- A husband and wife accused of torturing and starving the man's teenage daughter and forcing her to live in their basement are expected to enter pleas in court.

Prosecutors also accuse the girl's stepbrother of sexually assaulting her. He is scheduled to enter pleas to a charge of child abuse and two counts of sexual assault at the same proceeding. The Associated Press isn't naming any of those accused to avoid identifying the girl.

April 16, 2012

by Amelia Cerling

FALL CREEK, Wisc. (WEAU) -- A new club catering to homeschooling parents and their children held its first session this Monday in Fall Creek.

The club is the brainchild of the Fall Creek Library's youth program coordinator Jenna Gilles. She told us the club is designed to be whatever parents and children want, but mostly a gathering place to learn and meet other local homeschoolers.

February 21, 2012

by Ap

MIAMI -- For decades, it was common for officials around the country to approve foster parents by room and board criteria: Did they pass a background check? Is their home clean?

Now several states including Florida, California and Wisconsin are trying to find ones who they know upfront will help with homework, sew Halloween costumes and accompany kids to doctor appointments. Complicating the efforts is the longtime problem of finding enough adults to house children in need.

January 1, 2012

by Kelli Kennedy

MIAMI (AP) - For decades, it was common for officials around the country to approve foster parents by room and board criteria: Did they pass a background check? Is their home clean? Are their dogs safe and vaccinated?

Now several states including Florida, California and Wisconsin are trying to find ones who they know upfront will help with homework, sew Halloween costumes and accompany kids to doctor appointments. Complicating the efforts is the longtime problem of finding enough adults to house children in need.

CNS News

December 31, 2011

Michigan is among just a handful of states raising taxes on low-income working families while cutting taxes for other groups, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities said in a report released Tuesday.

The Washington-based group notes that Michigan, New Jersey and Wisconsin all have scaled back tax credits for low-income workers in recent years while cutting business taxes. In Michigan's case, low-income families will see their tax breaks shrink starting next year by about $260 million annually while businesses will get a $1.1 billion tax break starting in January and a $1.7 billion tax break the year after.

November 16, 2011

by Anthony Bond

The 18-year-old victim told police officers in Milwaukee that he was tied up with duct tape and rope by the pair and cut more than 300 times.

The teenager had met Rebecca Chandler, 22, and Raven Larabee, 20, online and had taken a bus from Phoenix, Arizona, to meet the pair at the apartment they shared.

November 10, 2011

by Nick Penzenstadler

More than 1 in 10 parents in the Fox Valley stray from recommended schedules for child vaccinations or skip them altogether, lining up with a new national study.

City health records obtained by The Post Crescent also reveal more than 450 students in Appleton's public and parochial schools legally opt out of state requirements and another 1,344 have not met vaccine standards. That means a total of 10 percent of the city's 18,000 students are not immunized up to the state's standard last year.

October 26, 2011

Western Wisconsin News -- A woman from Austin Minnesota is charged in La Crosse with hitting a five-year-old boy in the face, after his dad spilled a drink on her.

Police said it happened 10 days ago during Oktoberfest in La Crosse. 32-year-old Angela Tuchek is charged with physical child abuse and disorderly conduct. Authorities said the man tried to apologize for spilling alcohol on Tuchek - but she angry, tore a hat off the man's head, and struck his child in the face.

October 15, 2011

by Staff

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A quirky Wisconsin law that makes it a crime for restaurants to serve margarine at the table and not butter is being targeted for repeal.

Wisconsin banned the sale or use of margarine colored to imitate butter in 1895. That wasn't repealed until 1967, and since then the fight over margarine versus butter has largely cooled. Kooyenga says he doesn't anticipate much fervor over his proposal.

CNS News

September 19, 2011

by Chris Rickert

The anonymous letter I got in response to a column I wrote last month about the murder of two 3- and 4-year-old brothers, allegedly by their mother's boyfriend, was almost beautiful in its simple, brutal vengeance.

Lawrence blames "the system - Dane County social services" - for how Hoem turned out and thinks things would have been "much different" had she been allowed to adopt him and his sister. Lawrence looks at is this way: "When children go through traumatic things in their childhood, they need help. ... There are a lot of people who couldn't go through the things that those kids had to go through."

August 21, 2011

by Milwaukee Bar Association: Atty. Laura A. Stack

Q: Can the state terminate a mom's right to subsequent children born within three years after terminating her rights to her firstborn - without proof of any abuse or neglect?

A: No, even with a previous termination of parental rights (TPR), a court cannot find grounds for involuntary TPR unless they can show that...

July 14, 2011

This bill would create a one-size-fits-all presumption that placement of children involved in divorce and paternity actions should be split 50/50 between their parents.

Courts would no longer consider the best interests of the child when making placement decisions unless one party could show by clear and convincing evidence that child's interests are jeopardized by 50/50 placement. (For informational purposes only. This is not an endorsement.)

June 20, 2011

by Kathy Walsh Nufer and J.E. Espino

APPLETON -- It was to be another school day as usual for Fox Valley educators today, despite the furor in Madison over the state Legislature's action to put an end to collective bargaining.

So far, three buses will be departing Saturday morning from each of Appleton's public high schools and one bus will leave from Neenah. In recent weeks, Appleton had double its usual number of absences on one school day as teachers left to protest in Madison, and Freedom and Kimberly closed school for one day because of the large number of staff absences.

March 11, 2011

As Milwaukee Public School teachers left their classrooms to march in Madison Friday, they likely earned more than $3 million to not teach students in Wisconsin's largest school district.

In Madison, the school district was closed for three days after hundreds of teachers engaged in a mass sick-out so they could attend protest rallies at the State Capitol. That could cost the district $2.7 million. If all the teachers in Milwaukee and Madison are paid for the days missed, the protest related salaries for just the state's two largest districts would exceed $6.6 million dollars.

February 21, 2011

Professionals from across the nation are in La Crosse this week for the Child Maltreatment Conference.

Franciscan Skemp has teamed up with the Mayo Clinic and the National Child Protection Training Center of Winona, for the 13th annual conference. The conference focuses on the latest treatment and prevention methods for child abuse.

WXOW News 19

May 17, 2010

by Ginnie Graham

Oklahoma has been as resistant as any state that Children's Rights has sued over child welfare concerns, the group's founder says.

Children's Rights began as a project of the New York Civil Liberties Union and later the American Civil Liberties Union. It became an independent nonprofit in 1995. The group has filed lawsuits against child welfare systems in Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Tulsa World

April 28, 2010

by Erik Eckholm

Only half the youths who had turned 18 and 'aged out' of foster care were employed by their mid-20s.

6 in 10 men had been convicted of a crime, and 3 in 4 women, many of them with children of their own, were receiving some form of public assistance. Only 6 in 100 had completed a community college degree. The dismal outlook for youths who are thrust into a shaky adulthood from the foster care system - now numbering some 30,000 annually - has been documented with new precision by a long-term study...

The New York Times

April 15, 2010

by Joseph Lawler

Last week AEI education scholar Frederick Hess mentioned a study that found that Milwaukee's school voucher system -- the first of its kind in a major U.S. city -- has shown disappointing results.

Students in the voucher program are performing no better than public school students on tests, according to this study. Hess took those findings to suggest that at the least the voucher system in Milwaukee has not been the panacea that school-choice proponents have promised. Matt Yglesias took it one step further and called the program a "failure."

The American Spectator

April 15, 2010

by Mary Spicuzza

Thousands of families without income aren't participating in the state's welfare program; some say it's too daunting, but other participants say it's easy to navigate.

Stung by recent findings that far more families who may be eligible aren't enrolled in the program, the state is revamping W-2 to make it easier to understand and ensure those struggling aren't improperly turned away.

Wisconsin State Journal

April 13, 2010

by Teri Stoddard

When the Illinois Family Law Study Committee met in Chicago this morning they were greeted by dozens of parents with signs and banners.

Mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles and grandparents hoped to educate the committee on the suffering that current family law causes. Participants in the Save Our Families Rally came from as far away as Indiana and Wisconsin.

Family Rights Examiner

April 11, 2010

by Mary O'Leary

My neighbor has three kids under 8. The youngest is not even 1 year old.

She leaves the kids alone sometimes. There is a lot of screaming and crying coming from their apartment and sounds of things hitting the walls. The kids often ask me for food. Should I report this to Child Protective Services?

MATC Times

February 11, 2010

by Journal Sentinel editorial department

What would the harm have been to have continued the monitoring of a couple with a history of child abuse - a couple from whom authorities have removed, altogether, four children because of abuse and neglect?

Milwaukee County Children's Court Judge Glenn H. Yamahiro went against the recommendation of an assistant district attorney and the attorney appointed to represent two other children, the couple's twin boys. At the request of the couple, he lifted the order that required twice-monthly visits from child welfare workers and monitoring by others.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

February 11, 2010

by Crocker Stephenson

The parents of a toddler whom officials found to have had nine to 11 broken bones 14 days after a Family Court judge removed the boy and his twin from a protective order, plead not guilty Monday to charges that the father abused the 1-year-old.

"These were excruciatingly painful fractures," Lynn K. Sheets, a child abuse pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, testified during the 27-year-old mother's preliminary hearing before Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

February 8, 2010

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